Remove Course Remove Design Remove Diagrams Remove Productivity

Evil design?

Clark Quinn

And over the years, while they’ve made mistakes (canceling HyperCard ), I’ve enjoyed their focus on making me more productive. Of course, it started, and then said “finishing” For 5 days! Writing, diagrams, client files, lots of important information! First, this is bad design. The post Evil design? design strategy technologyThis is a rant, but it’s coupled with lessons. .

Design 129

Level of polish?

Clark Quinn

One colleague was adamant that we were undermining our position by using low quality production. After weighing in, I thought it required a longer response, and of course it has to go here. So, my first concern is the quality of the design. Gilded bad design is still bad design.

Facebook and the User Experience of Privacy

Adaptive Path

The user experience shown in the NYT diagram seems just as likely to be the result of overengineered information architecture that favored conceptual rigor and “completeness&# over the actual flow of user behavior. Tags: Information Architecture Product Design Although few of them would describe it this way, many of the people agitating for change to Facebook are really asking for changes to the user experience, not to Facebook’s policies or even functionality.

A complex look at task assignments

Clark Quinn

I was thinking (one morning at 4AM, when I was wishing I was asleep) about designing assignment structures that matched my activity-based learning model. The learner is also supposed to annotate their rationale for the resulting design as well. Of course, this could continue.

Aligning with us

Clark Quinn

We distribute it across representational tools like spreadsheets, documents, and (yes) diagrams. It’s also this notion that we go away and come up with the answer, and that the individual productivity is what matters. design meta-learning social strategy

70:20:10 and the Learning Curve

Clark Quinn

sparked by a diagram provided by another ITA colleague, Jane Hart (that I also thought was insightful). In Charles’ post he also included an IBM diagram that triggered some associations. Of course, it’s not quite this clean.

LXD Roles

Clark Quinn

Designer : this person looks at the performance need, and validates that this is a role for a learning experience, and then designs it, including any tools that don’t exist. Also determining data collection and interpretation around design success.

Managing Learning?

Charles Jennings

Sadly, many of these meet Marc Rosenberg’s description as ‘course vending machines’. A record that someone had completed a compliance course may have won the day in the past, but is less likely to do so now. Of course we will need technology to support learning.

PKM 225

… which way I ought to go from here?

Dave Snowden

Today I want to address some of the dangers inherent in assuming short cycle production techniques will translate with ease to business strategy. A product owner creates a prioritized wish list called a product backlog.

How To Make Meetings Work for Your Nonprofit (whether you are sitting,standing, or walking!)

Beth Kanter

Last week, I co-presented a Guidestar webinar with Andrea Kihlstedt on the topic of healthy and productive meetings who talked about the basics for making meetings highly effective. Productive Meetings. If we pay attention to designing good meetings, we’ll be happier in the end.

What’s Your Learning Tool Stack?

Clark Quinn

And lately, I’ve been hearing the question about “what’s your <x> stack” [x|x=’design’, ‘development’, …]. So, of course, I created a diagram. Or, of course, the ones others use in your org.

Tools 176

The Future of Work and Learning 2: Chatbots

Jane Hart

A bot, or as it is more commonly known, a chatbot, is a piece of software that’s designed to simulate a conversation with a (human) user in the interest of giving you information that you want or enable you to complete a transaction ( source ). receive customised productivity support (e.g.

gRSShopper in a Box

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I've tried to cast the net widely, looking at much more than just free tools or commercial products. To harvest the course data I'm actually using an NRC-built tool in development called BeeYard. It's a personal content-creation and productivity tool.

Determinism, Best Practice, and the ‘Training Solution’

Charles Jennings

If a chemical engineer is looking to design a new process or parameters for distillation in a chemical plant she may be able to identify the volumes and sequences that produce the highest amount of pure distillate. Clark’s diagram here gives a clear view.

Judge not, but enable judgement

Dave Snowden

After yesterday's productive session at Bangor University I got the train back to London and took daughter to dinner and also to the opera (the closing performance of the wonderful new composition - The Thebians).

Extending engagements

Clark Quinn

In one instance, a person who’d attended my game design workshop wanted to put it into practice. They found it easy to slip back into thinking of courses, but continued to ‘get’ that they should look at augmenting their work with performance support. In a couple of recent posts, I’ve been telling tales of helping organizations, and I wanted to tell at least one more.

8 Dirty Words

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Collaborative networks, expertise locators, reducing fear of failure, graphic design, workspace architecture, and many other techniques increase the productivity of informal learning. Completing an eLearning course was the exception rather than the rule. CLO online edition.

ROI 233

Connective Knowledge and Open Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The practical implementation of connectivism is the massive open online course, or MOOC. Rather, we encouraged people to create course content and to contribute to the course through their own websites, through discussion groups, communities, and and other forum they chose. We had about 170 blogs created to support the course, and we aggregated these using RSS – content syndication supporting online learning. It led to our first web-based course a year later.

Open Learning, Open Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Open online learning entered the mainstream with the growth and popularity of MOOCs, but while interest in open online courses has never been greater MOOCs represent only the first step in a broader open learning infrastructure. I am still working on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). [8]


Clark Quinn

As one of the premier promoters of evidence-based design, he responded to my question about what to post on with: Any “How Tos” using methods, tools and techniques that you’ve found to work in L&D and Performance Improvement. And of course I’ve reviewed materials of theirs beforehand so I can use their terminology. We finally did, relatively informally, but still got valuable feedback that changed our design somewhat.

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What they are talking about these days is the destruction of the university at the hands of the massive open online course. As one of the people who invented the massive open online course, I feel a little personally involved here. It''s a fishbone diagram.

Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

School is chock full of formal learning — courses, classes, and grades that obscure the fact that most learning at school is either self-directed or informal. To thrive in this environment, everyone must become student and faculty and publisher and instructional designer.

Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

leads to questions about designing learning for the future - reference to the old ''cranking ifo into students'' heads diagram - claims about the future: - work at own time, place, etc - computers will revolutionize learning - along came MOOCs - investment in MOOCs: $100M - will take time but will have a major impact - why things will change. MIT engineering courses stufy: 8% completion rate (yikes) - so, how do we address this?

Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We're going to talk about the factors that led to the development of the Massive Open Online Course and Connectivism and the new phenomena in learning today. Distance learning therefore required the creation and distribution of learning content, of course packages that would support independent study. They had the model of the course packages, and they had the model of the classes. WebCT in English stands for "Web Course Tools." Of course, we had instant messaging.

The Secret to a Competent, Loyal Workforce


Suzanne Lucas, writer for CBS Money Watch, expertly defined and clarified turnover costs in her article How Much Does It Cost Companies to Lose Employees? : “Turnover costs include productivity losses during training, recruiting and lost work while a position is vacant.

Communication Nation: What do you love?

Dave Gray

As individuals and as a species, I believe we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate. Communication Nation Communication is one of the most important skills anyone can have, in business and in life.

List 151

Business of Learning

Tony Karrer

Particularly, I'm interested in the question of: While training as a publisher of courses and courseware faces an increasingly challenging market, what other things can learning businesses successfully sell to internal or external customers? Training is a known product.

Mzinga 164


Clark Quinn

I assist organizations to improve their processes and products, both tactically and strategically. Of course, I do have to live in the real world, and so I need to find ways to do this that are mutually beneficial. And I just naturally reflect, but getting concrete: diagramming and/or writing, provides additional benefits. It includes diversions to innovation, design, wisdom, performance support, and the like, because they’ve implications for practice.

Using Cartoons To Make Sense of Your Data

Beth Kanter

If you can draw two circles and make them overlap, you can make a Venn diagram. (If If you can draw three circles, you can draw a more complex Venn diagram than most of the ones you’ll see out there.). You can do the same thing with all kinds of visual communication, of course.

Data 112

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Elliott Masie Learners as designers. Branon Learning Management System App Stores Bob Little Apps, Not Courses Inge de Waard Augmented reality moves towards augmented learning with easy tools: Wikitude , Layar , ARToolKit.

Connectivism and Transculturality

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is only a very partial chart of these language, and really, if you were going to draw a full chart of these languages, this is just the derivation of different languages from their sources, but if you were to map the influence from one language to another language to another language you would get a very complex diagram. I love this diagram. This is one of my favourite diagrams in the entire world. I have a diagram in Spanish, how about that?


Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Of course, he is right. There are different ways of describing this turn; I'll pick one that works for us, though of course we could talk about it in a lot more detail if you wanted. There is a third option, of course, and it is the option that only the mental is real.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This paper described experimentation in the development of distributed online courses and in software - particularly, the personal learning environment - that support the formation of connections between the far-flung pieces of such courses. This work, in turn, is suggesting and supporting the model of learning described in the first section, that of a course network supporting and informing an ever-shifting set of course episodes.

eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology

Tony Karrer

Personal Learning Informal Learning Corporate eLearning eLearning Design Authoring Tools Rapid e-Learning Tools eLearning (e-Learning) e-Learning Software Blended e-Learning e-Learning Tools Learning Management Systems (LMS) e-Learning ROI and Metrics Search via eLearning Learning for first time visitors Thursday, September 10, 2009 eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology A reader sent a note asking my opinion on the vendor pricing in The Great eTrain Robbery?

Cost 115

Education as Platform: The MOOC Experience and what we can do to make it better

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What this talk is about - it's called "Education as Platform" - is the idea of exploring some of the experiences we've had with massive open online learning, and exploring some of the criticisms that we've experienced, some of the criticisms that we've seen, and trying to understand what elements of the design are working and what elements of the design are not working, and to use this understanding to try to advance our perspective on the way online learning is proceeding and should proceed.

How to Get the Most out of a Conference

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The second time at a conference (or at a venue) is always more productive than the first. My cameras are in a separate bag (of course!), If you're giving a talk, have clothes designated especially for your talk - wear nice clothes when you present, even if it's informal.

Simplicity and Standards

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Of course, when they are stated as poorly as the authors state them, one cannot help but wonder why. Consider, for example, "The Three Gorges Dam is rated at its full design capacity of 18 gigawatts." Then in the diagram we see that 1 CMO is equivalent to '4 Three gorges dams every year for 50 years'. It seems to me that such a nomenclature makes people think of energy in terms of imperial units and in terms of petroleum products.

The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

He talks about openness in software, and then he talks about opennessin system, like open courses. George Siemens and I, in our work offering online courses,have depicted the progression of openness in three major stages: - First of all, openness in educational resources - Secondly, open courses, and then - Third, an as yet unrealized openness, opennessin assessment. But there are other standards as well: Learning Design,Common Cartridge, and Learning Tools Interoperability.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Vintage Tech Predictions - Some eerily right.

Mark Oehlert

You reach for your attache case anddraw the diagram with a pencil-thin infrared flashlight on what lookslike a TV screen lining the back of the case. The diagram is relayed toa similar screen in your associate’s office, 200 mi.

Hot List - April 1, 2009 to April 11, 2009

Tony Karrer

Read on for notes from a webinar today, April 9, 2009: Building Better Learning Games: Leveraging Game Design and User Testing for Results Our hosts today: Enspire Learning (Ben Katz) Doorways to Dreams D2D -- financial entertainment. from 2008 to 2013 for learning technology products and services. This method of instructional design is very popular because it represents a systems method of designing instruction.

List 100

The Reality of Virtual Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These days of course we also have the contrast between the ‘real’ and the ‘virtual’. The old model is – well, this diagram (the SCORM diagram) is just a few years old - the old model is less than a decade old. I’ve identified three major types of mechanisms by which these connections are formed in this diagram here. I’ve represented it in this diagram. This diagram merges or combines two major functions. Learning is also the production of information.

Groups vs Networks: The Class Struggle Continues

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And I saw Cape Town and I was briefly in Australia and then of course here, from Stewart Island, Christchurch and Dunedin, Auckland, Whangarei. Dana Boyd wrote a brilliant paper on MySpace, Identity Production in a Networked Culture 3 , about the way people use MySpace.

Class 151

Kirschner, Sweller, Clark (2006) - Readings

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The past half-century of empirical research on this issue has provided overwhelming and unambiguous evidence that minimal guidance during instruction is significantly less effective and efficient than guidance specifically designed to support the cognitive processing necessary for learning. Recent developments in instructional research and instructional design models that support guidance during instruction are briefly described.